Harry Kane admits he will be haunted by World Cup penalty miss for the rest of his life

Harry Kane admits he will be haunted by his World Cup penalty miss against France for the rest of his life – but insists it has made him ‘even more hungry’ to win trophies for Spurs and England

  • Harry Kane missed a crucial penalty in England’s World Cup match with France
  • England went on to lose the game as they crashed out of the tournament
  • Kane has admitted he will remember the penalty miss for the rest of his life
  • However, he has insisted he is now hungrier than ever to go on and win trophies

Harry Kane has admitted he will never be able to forget his penalty miss against France that led to England crashing out of the World Cup.

Kane had the chance to equalize in the closing stages of England’s quarter-final with their European rivals, but he fired his spot-kick over the crossbar.

The forward has admitted his miss was a bitter pill to swallow, but is determined not to let it have a negative impact on the rest of his career.

Harry Kane missed a late penalty in England's World Cup quarter-final defeat against France

Harry Kane missed a late penalty in England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat against France

Kane was left devastated by the miss, and has admitted he will never be able to forget it

Kane was left devastated by the miss, and has admitted he will never be able to forget it

‘After it [the penalty miss] happened, I just wanted to play again as quick as possible and get it out of my head. It’s something you have to deal with,’ Kane told the Evening Standard.

‘I’ll probably remember it for the rest of my life, but that’s part of the game. It’s not going to affect me as a player or as a person.’

Since returning to club action, Kane has found the net three times in as many games, including scoring a brace in Tottenham’s 4-0 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old has revealed that he took some time off after the World Cup, but is now happy to be back and is using his heartbreak in Qatar to spur him on to win trophies.

Kane has responded well since returning to Tottenham, and scored twice against Crystal Palace on Wednesday

Kane has responded well since returning to Tottenham, and scored twice against Crystal Palace on Wednesday

Kane has insisted he is now hungrier than ever to go on and win trophies in his career

Kane has insisted he is now hungrier than ever to go on and win trophies in his career

‘I had a bit of time away after, just to reflect, and it’s made me even more hungry to come back and be successful.

‘So nights like last night are always good for me and the team, and it was much needed after the last couple of results as well,’ Kane said after the emphatic win at Selhurst Park.

Kane is yet to win major silverware in his career, but has come close at international level, with England making the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and then the final of Euro 2020.

It appeared that Gareth Southgate could walk away from his role as England boss after the France defeat, but he has now committed to continuing until Euro 2024.

Kane is delighted with the news, and believes England are not far away from ending their 57-year wait for a major tournament triumph.

Kane is delighted that Gareth Southgate has chosen to continue as England manager

Kane is delighted that Gareth Southgate has chosen to continue as England manager

I’m really happy [he’s staying]. I feel like there’s some unfinished business there and he’s a fantastic coach,’ Kane said.

‘We’ve been close now on a few occasions. We looked strong in the tournament and it was small details that ended up not going our way. It will be nice to have another go at the Euros with the same team and staff.

‘We hadn’t spoken [before Southgate’s decision to stay on]. We spoke after the France game and we had a day or so just to reflect, but it’s his decision. I didn’t want to put any pressure on him and he knows how much we enjoy playing under him.

‘He’s been fantastic for me and a lot of other players. Business starts in March again and we’ll be ready.’

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